Chewton Mendip in February
Tuesday 11th February – Chewton Mendip
Walk Leaders: Chris & Pat
We start at 10am from the Waldegrave Arms - grid ref 597531 and postcode for pub Ba3 4LL. Please park up at the back of the car park , facilities will be available from 9-30 , please use back door and let the cleaner know you are there .
We head off through the church yard into fields with lovely views, after a steep down hill we go along watery coombe , snorkels , water wings and wellies advisable here! Across a main road to go up a rough gulley to a stile, we keep going across the fields eventually coming to a nice muddy wet lane, we follow this to the road where we make our way across the downs, making our way back to The Waldergrave Arms.
There are 7 stiles , walking poles etc advisable.
21 intrepid souls set off from the Waldegrave Arms in Chewton Mendip. When setting off a few balls of hail had already begun to fall. By the time we had completed the short walk up to the church the hail was falling thick and fast and coating the churchyard in white balls. We took refuge in the church for a while but then set off. The wind was strong and was driving the hail straight into our faces so it was a little painful. Once the hail storm had passed the sun came out and the sky was a lovely shade of blue. This was the weather pattern for the entire walk - squalls of hail and then periods of sunshine.
The walk included a steep muddy downhill section, a rough uphill section, walking a streambed and several underwater sections!
The leader's advice to bring snorkels and water wings was not a joke! Some walkers did get wet feet but the majority had wisely worn wellies - which were just tall enough. The wind was pretty fierce at times and some of the tracks and roads were littered with debris from Storm Ciara.
We all made it safely back to the Waldegrave Arms for a much needed warm up and a lovely lunch.
Report by Jane G